SIDNEY – A Dayton man who allegedly spent a good part of the day in Sidney, on June 12, passing counterfeit money and fleeing police, has been indicted on 12 felony charges for his activity by the Shelby County grand jury.
On Thursday, June 21, the grand jury handed down 13 indictments including a Minster area man charged with sexual misconduct with a minor. Those charged were scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, June 26.
Christian Mackson, 25, Dayton, remains housed at the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond. He is facing a count of failure to comply with the signal of a police officer, and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies. He is also charged with nine counts of forgery and for possessing criminal tools., all fifth-degree felonies.
According to online court records, Mackson had been allegedly passing counterfeit bills to nine Sidney businesses. Shortly before 6 p.m., Mackson attempted to flee Sidney Police officers in his 1995 Toyota Tercel at a high rate of speed through residential streets and a busy parking lot.
During the chase, Mackson threw a backpack containing evidence from his car in the area of Fourth Avenue and Grove Street before being apprehended.
The grand jury also specified that if found guilty, Mackson should forfeit his vehicle and $378 in cash he obtained through the fraudulent transactions.
Paul A. Heiser, 41, 12820 Luthman Road, Minster, is being accused of four counts of gross sexual imposition, all third-degree felonies.
Authorities claim Heiser made sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl between Oct. 17 to Dec. 4, 2017. He is incarcerated at the county jail on a $20,000 bond.
Stephen Jeffrey Vennemeyer, 52, 3815 Russia-Versailles Road, Russia, has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony regarding a motorcycle accident on May 5. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a specified concentration of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to records, Vennemeyer was traveling on Russia-Versailles Road when he lost control of his motorcycle and overturned. The accident caused serious physical injury to his passenger. Authorities claim Vennemeyer had a blood alcohol level of .176 following the accident.
Cody Allan Plaisted, 27, 904 W. Greene St., Piqua, was charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony. He is accused of breaking into a home at 133 Franklin Ave., on June 9, and assaulting a male.
In other cases:
• Joseph Lucas, 30, at large, was indicted for aggravated passion of drugs, breaking and entering, and possession of drugs, all third-degree felonies. He broke into a garage at 527 S. Main Ave., and, was arrested with methamphetamine and heroin.
• Stephen Hendershot, 20, 744 Brooklyn Ave. Apt. 31A, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, and possession of criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies. He was allegedly arrested on March 11 with amphetamines and LSD.
• Franklin L. Lee, 51, 624 Park St., was indicted for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on April 4 in possession of cocaine.
• Sarah A. Finfrock, 34, at large, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, possession of criminal tools, and, possession of drugs, all fifth-degree felonies. She was arrested on Feb. 22 with methamphetamines and on March 9 with cocaine.
• Steven E. Lloyd, 36, 319 Wood St., Piqua, was indicted on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. He was arrested on March 25 with fentanyl.
• Bayle L. Pennycuff, 27, 13880 Sharp Road, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, and, possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. Pennycuff was arrested on March 25 in possession of methamphetamines.
• Buddy A. Miller, 37, Kenton, was indicted for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested May 9 with heroin.
• Nikia T. Baker, 33, Kenton, was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested on May 9 with heroin.
• Isiah Stephens, 28, at large, was indicted for failure to provide a change of address and for failure to verify his address, both fourth-degree felonies. Stephens has a previous sex offender conviction in Franklin County and must register with local authorities.
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